William (“Bill”) D. Brouse, former president and CEO of the Wisconsin League of Financial Institutions (“League”), passed away at age 87 on November 2, 2021. Bill was well known among savings banks and savings and loan associations across the state having lobbied for and ran the League for over three decades, including through the savings-and-loan crisis of the 1980s, up until its merger with the Wisconsin Bankers Association in 1998. His passion for the thrift industry remained strong even after his retirement as he continued to follow banking and WBA news, and often called various WBA staff to check in and share his thoughts. Bill was an incredibly kind man, putting a priority on his family. His obituary indicates the following:
There will be no service. Those who worked with him know his professional accomplishments and will remember him as a generous, loyal and creative colleague. He asked to be remembered as “Wm”, husband of Stella for 68 years, Dad to daughters Roxanne and Bobi and son-in-law, Paul, Grandpa to Brad and Alison and her husband Brian, and GGPa to his great grandchildren Liesl, Grace, Rowan, Lucy, David, Abigail, Bridget, Cecilia, Evelyn and Gordon. He is also survived by his youngest sister, Judy Busch, of International Falls, MN. One of his last requests was for champagne with breakfast. Cheers to you Wm, Dad, Grandpa and GGPa. Godspeed.
The WBA staff send our deepest sympathies to Bill’s family.